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Night Over Chile (Noch nad Chili)

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Night Over Chile
(Noch nad Chili)
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Original Russian Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
Directed by Sebastián Alarcón
Release Date 1977
Language Russian
Studio Mosfilm
Main Cast
Character Actor
Manuel Valdivia Grigore Grigoriu
Juan Gonzalez Giuli Chokhonelidze
"Senator" Baadur Tsuladze
Rolando Machuka Sadykh Gusejnov
Don Carlos Vytautas Kancleris
Esperanza Mariya Sagaidak
Orlando Leon Kukulyan
The Junta officer Roman Khomyatov

Night Over Chile (Noch nad Chili) is a 1977 Soviet drama film directed by Sebastián Alarcón and Aleksandr Kosarev. The film depicts the events of the Chilean coup d'etat in September 1973. The young architect Manuel Valdivia (Grigore Grigoriu) considers himself far from politics, but he is arrested on a false denunciation of belonging to a communist organization. He is held in a concentration camp at the National Stadium and is subjected to torture and a staged execution.

The following weapons were used in the film Night Over Chile (Noch nad Chili):


Walther P38

Chilean officers (Roman Khomyatov and Islam Kaziyev) are armed with Walther P38 pistols, carried in US Army M1916 holster for M1911 pistols. Several more officers and NCOs as well as the carabiniers (military police) carry M1916 holsters but they all seem empty.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
An officer (Roman Khomyatov) arrests Manuel's friend.
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The same officer holds Manuel at gunpoint.
The grip of the pistol is seen in holster.
The officer fires in air.
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The officer fires at Juan Gonzalez.
Another officer (Islam Kaziyev) carries a P38 in holster.

Röhm RG3

During the search of the arrested people, one of them drops a pocket pistol. This gun is a starter pistol Röhm RG3S.

Chrome plated Röhm RG3 - 6mm Flobert
The pistol is seen on the pavement.

Submachine Guns

Thompson M1928A1 (visually modified as SIG SG 510)

Chilean soldiers are mostly armed with Thompson M1928A1 submachine guns, visually modified to resemble SIG SG 510-4 rifles, the real weapon of the Chilean military in 1970s. Thompsons are fitted with mockup barrels, styled after SG 510-4 with its typical muzzle grenade launcher, and with large box magazines. Strangely, these props weren't used in later Alarcón's films about Chile, like Santa Esperansa and Yaguar, despite they were filmed on the same studio.

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45ACP
For comparison: SIG SG 510-4 Battle Rifle - 7.62x51mm NATO
A soldier patrols the street.
A soldier breaks the glass of a car with the buttstock of his gun.
A soldier carries the visually modified Thompson.
Soldiers with visually modified Thompsons (Nartai Begalin at the background).
A Sergeant (Yuriy Gusev) holds a visually modified Thompson in the night scene.
Guards on the National Stadium. Note the damaged fake magazine (supposedly made of tin or something like it) on the Thompson at the left.
A good view of the real barrel and the mockup SG 501-4 style extention.
A soldier with a visually modified Thompson jumps from a lorry.

Rifles and Assault Rifles

M1 Carbine

Carabiniers (military police) are mostly armed with M1 Carbines.

World War II Era M1 Carbine, with Dark Walnut Stock, 'L' peep sight and no bayonet lug - .30 Carbine
A carabinier at the far right holds an M1 Carbine. He also carries a white M1916 holster on the belt, most likely a US MP pattern. The holster itself seems to be empty. Also note that the carabinier wears a WWII era gas mask.
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M1 Carbines in hands of carabiniers in the scene on the National Stadium.
A slightly blurry, due to fast motion, view of the barrel of an M1 Carbine.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 and 1898M

Many soldiers are armed with Mauser Gewehr 1898 rifles. Most of the screen guns have conventional tangent-leaf sight instead of Lange-Visier so they are post-WWI version G98M. The real Mauser rifle of the Chilean military was M1895 that has a quite different appearance.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Mauser Gewehr 1898M - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A soldier holds a Gewehr 98. The straight bolt handle is seen.
Soldiers of the firing squad load their rifles. A Kar 98b is seen at the foregound while the rifle of the second soldier is a Gewehr 98 (note the parade hook on the top barrel band).
The soldiers take aim. Two Gewehr 98 at the foreground have tangent-leaf sights, while the fourth rifle is a G98 with Lange-Visier rear sight.
Another view of the same scene. Three rifles are G98, and two (the third and the fifth) are Kar 98b.
The barrel of a Gewehr 98 is partially seen at the right.

Mauser Karabiner 98b

Karabiner 98b rifles, identified by turned down bolt handles and the lack of parade hooks which are present on G98, are also used by the soldiers.

Karabiner 98b - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A soldier escorts a detained man. The rifle lacks the parade hook on the top barrel band, so it must be a Kar 98b.
A close-up of the barrel of a Kar 98b in hands of a soldier in the jeep.
A soldier at the left holds a Kar 98b.
One of the soldiers, jumping from the lorry, holds a Kar 98b.
Soldiers of the firing squad with Kar 98b rifles.
Soldiers of the firing squad load their rifles. A Kar 98b is seen at the foregound while the rifle of the second soldier is a Gewehr 98.
A close-up of the bolt.
The soldiers take aim. Three rifles are G98, and two (the third and the fifth) are Kar 98b.

Lebel Mle 1886

Some soldiers are armed with Lebel Mle 1886 rifles.

Lebel Mle 1886 - 8x50mmR Lebel
Soldiers with Lebel rifles atop a BTR-60PB APC.
Running soldiers hold Lebel rifles.
Two soldiers with Lebel rifles ride atop a BTR-60PB.
A view of the barrel of a Lebel rifle of one of these soldiers.

Sturmgewehr 44

Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifles are briefly seen in hands of soldiers in several scenes.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm Kurz
A soldier in the jeep at the left holds an StG 44.
Another view of the same soldier with an StG 44.
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A soldier fires a StG 44 in the scene on the National Stadium.

Machine Guns

Wz. 28 Browning

Wz. 28 Browning light machine guns, both portable and mounted on a tripod, are seen in several scenes, notably used by the guards of the concentration camp on the National Stadium.

Wz. 28 Browning - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A Browning wz. 28 on tripod mounting is installed in a jeep.
A perfect view of the Browning wz. 28, mounted on the tripod of MG34. The rear sight is removed from the machine gun. This machine gun is seen firing on screen.
A soldier fires from inside the driver's compartment BTR-60 APC. The machine gun lacks the rear sight so it is possibly the same prop that is seen tripod-mounted in earlier scene.
The same machine gun fires from a side hatch of the BTR-60.
Another Browning wz. 28 on a tripod. This machine gun has the rear sight on place.
A close-up of the barrel.
A Sergeant (a cameo of film director Sebastián Alarcón) aims the machine gun on the demonstration.
Another view of the barrel.


MG34 machine guns are seen in several scenes.

MG34 on tripod - 7.92x57mm Mauser
An MG34 on tripod is seen at the left.

MG34 with 50 round belt drum Gurtrommel 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A soldier in the BTR-40 APC at the left holds an MG34 on bipod.


A KPVT heavy machine gun is mounted on a BTR-60PB APC that is seen guarding the prisoners held at the National Stadium.

KPVT heavy machine gun - 14.5x114mm
A frontal view of the BTR-60PB. The KPVT machine gun is seen in the turret while the PKT machine gun is removed.
A side view of the KPVT.
A close-up of the barrel.


A BTR-40 APC. It may be used as a stand-in for M3 Scout Cars that were still in use in Latin American countries in 1970s.
A BTR-60PB in the night scene.
A frontal view of the BTR-60PB. The turret with KPVT machine gun is seen.
The same BTR on the National Stadium.

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